Whether it's Christopher Frizzelle discovering that it's fashionable on the Hill to care about soccer, or Charles Mudede leering at the bodies of female tennis players, the Stranger has long been a source for readers seeking insight into the world of sports.
But if you're one of those trusting readers, there's a Twitter feed we'd like to introduce you to.
Seattle Weekly has obtained access to this account, which shows that Stranger editorial director Dan Savage is, in fact, a paid Twitterer for the Orlando Magic. And yet nowhere in any of the Stranger's coverage of the NBA post-season has this arrangement been disclosed. It's hardly necessary to call the Poynter Institute to know that this stinks worse than Marcin Gortat's jockstrap.
And need we even say that his Tweets are completely one-sided and do not even attempt to report the views of the Atlanta Hawks? Here are just a few of Savage's Tweets (bought and paid for, we can only assume):
Magic Head Coach Stan Van Gundy said Mickael Pietrus will play tonight after he practiced today.
I liked the @PhoenixSuns' tempo in the first half. You can tell Steve Nash is a man on a mission any time he goes up against the Spurs.
I think Sam Wyche said it best when describing the class level of Cleveland fans. Haha: http://is.gd/bT0Zi
I see that 'RT if your single' is a trending topic. Should be 'RT if you're single.' Somewhere a grammarian weeps.
Of course we're aware that nakedly biased and opinionated journalism is what sells online. But Dan Savage actually being on the Orlando Magic payroll, and never mentioning
it--even as the Magic's second-round playoff series against the Hawks gets underway tonight--will surely make even the most deluded Stranger reader rethink the paper's integrity, and most especially its coverage of the NBA.